This can’t be true, can it?

Yesterday, reported that in a speech to the Centre for Social Justice, Iain Duncan-Smith (IDS), the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions has blamed poor employment figures and rising welfare costs on foreign workers.

IDSIt is reported that during his speech Iain Duncan Smith spoke about the issues of low wages and long term unemployment, and came to a startling conclusion.  He told the audience: “In just 5 years between 2005 and 2010, the number of British people in jobs fell by some 400,000, while the number of foreigners in British jobs soared by more than 700,000. In other words, for every British person who fell out of work, almost 2 foreign nationals gained employment. Short-term policy making created damaging long-term consequences… destroying the ethos of a whole section of our society, left behind in workless households and those deprived estates that I described at the start.”

The author of the article says that in making such a statement, “IDS has placed the blame for the poor outcomes of employment, economic and social policy on immigrants.  He has taken two separate statistics and announced that one causes the other – without actually bothering to prove such a link exists.”

The article is hard-hitting but worth reading.

Read the article in full here and draw your own conclusions.

Martin Pollins
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